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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 17:27 Thread Starter
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Front Bumper Removal - How To

Well, as part of my hunt for coolant leaks I removed the front bumper to get access to the radiator etc.

As a few "How do I" type questions come up about bumper removal, I have taken a few photos.

The Front bumper is held in 4 main places.

Across the top of the grill (5 x Cross Head Screws)
Inside the wheel arch (2 x Cross Head Screws on each side)
Underneath the radiator (2 x Cross Headed Plastic Screws)
In the recesses each side of the number plate (2 x T50 Torx Screws)



I started by removing the 5 screws at the top.



Then I removed the front wheel arch liners. There are 2 metal cross head screws on the front edge of the arch and one on the rear edge.



and 3 pastic trim cross head screws at the back of the arch, holding the liner in place.



Once all of the liner screws are removed you can remove the liner. Start by peeling the liner from the front of the arch



Until the whole liner is released and it can be pulled out over the wheel.



Then remove the 4 cross headed screws (2 each side) holding the bumper to the wing.



If you have foglights, you can now disconnect the plugs to each light. Using thumb and forefinger squeeze (or push) the rear edges of the plug together to release it and pull towards you.



While you are under the car, there are 2 plastic trim screws that secure the underside of the bumper to a central strap. Remove these. You may need a right angled screwdriver or need to remove the plastic panel behind to gain access with a normal screwdriver.



Now lie something soft in front of the bumper in case it falls to prevent it getting scratched.



You can now remove the two Torx screws holding the bumper to the chassis.

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You can now carefully remove the bumper by pulling it towards you from the centre. Place the bumper somewhere where it cannot be damaged.



And that is the bumper removed.

Refitting will be the reverse, but do not tighten the bolts and screws untill you have fitted them all in place.

While the liners are out it is worth checking the inner wings. One point of concern is the rear lower part of the wing where it gets packed full of crud which will hold moisture in place and speed up corrosion in this area. Clean out and add waxoil or similar.



Hope this inspires you all to take your bumpers off.

Well worth doing just to check the state of your radiator and hoses.

I have since replaced the 2 screws that attach the bottom of the bumper to the strap with 2 bolts. The original plastic trim screws had pulled out and didn't seem up to the job.

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Brilliant Post; feed back given!
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You wouldn't actually have to remove the liner but it does make life easier!

Great job CJJ
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I'm not sure if the TF is the same as the F (it does seem that removing and fitting is identical), but there is a small positional retaining lug on the front wings that the upper rim of the bumper slots into (near the rearmost part of the bumper). When you refit the bumper, it is an idea to put a couple of layers of masking tape (or similar) loosely round these lugs until you are ready to refit the bumper at the sides. This will avoid the possibility of scratching the top edge of the bumper
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I dont know if this is a TF addition, but when I took my bumper off a couple of months ago it was hanging off a strap from the centre of the bumper to just under the radiator. I had to replace it to get at the strap. So if you have a TF check for this first , and if you have one undo it.
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I dont know if this is a TF addition, but when I took my bumper off a couple of months ago it was hanging off a strap from the centre of the bumper to just under the radiator. I had to replace it to get at the strap. So if you have a TF check for this first , and if you have one undo it.
Actually, that does remind me. There are two screws at the very bottom of the bumper, which, as you say, attach somewhere around the bottom of the rad.

Mine weren't attached, which is why I forgot about them. Will try to take some photos tomorrow when I finish off refitting the bumper.
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Great job CJJ a worth while job just to cleen the crud out with thanks
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CJJ, don't stop there, I have a new radiator on its way up from the UK, as you have gone so far you may as well pop the radiator out so I will know the whole deal :-)

Nice "how to" by the way.
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If only you had said sooner. The bumper is nearly back on now.

Hope the rest helps.
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CJJ, don't stop there, I have a new radiator on its way up from the UK, as you have gone so far you may as well pop the radiator out so I will know the whole deal :-)

Nice "how to" by the way.

Try reading this.
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Excellent guide mate, if I ever have to take the bumper off the TF I will refer to this thread.
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Ah, many thanks there, you saved me a lot of work there, I was so sure the bumper had to come off in order to change the radiators. I take it it is pretty much the same even with a car that has AC, just less room to play with.....
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Surpassed yourself again CJJ - another top how to

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Actually, that does remind me. There are two screws at the very bottom of the bumper, which, as you say, attach somewhere around the bottom of the rad.

Mine weren't attached.
Mine were and I could NOT get the buggers off, so had to leave it hanging while I worked stooped over to get to the inside. Grumble grumble.

Also.. ouch.. and I thought my rims were bad. Urge to clean your car and rust treat your rims.. rising. Why am I such a perfectionist.
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I had the same problem but a good pull did the trick...
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I have added some pictures of the lower strap.
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Hi CJJ,

thats what I was looking for. Thanks.

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Great stuff thanks a bunch!

defo deserve some rep for that.
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